A walk round the coastline of Great Britain

Alan Brown

Alan Brown

Alan Brown of North Gloucester Orienteering Club (NGOC) has undertaken an epic walk around the coastline of mainland Britain in stages between 2008 and 2016.  He has written a book about his exploits titled "A Walk Round the Coastline of Great Britain", and has generously agreed to offer it in return for donations to the Orienteering Foundation.

The 250 page book is available in soft copy as a PDF.  To receive a copy:

  • Make a donation to the Orienteering Foundation via the Donate page (suggestion of at least £5, but please give generously and remember to allow GiftAid if you are eligible).
  • Forward the email receipt from MyDonate to Alan Brown  as evidence of the donation.
  • Please state whether you would like the book sent as:
    • One email with a 12 MB attachment or
    • Two emails each with an attachment of 6 MB or
    • Five emails each with an attachment of 2 or 3 MB

To whet your appetite, here are some extracts from the book:

On Sunday mornings as a child living in central London my father always took me for a walk. We explored in every direction . . . So I knew my London pretty well within the radius of a few miles of Green Park but beyond that there were miles of territory waiting to be explored. I was always reluctant to turn and retrace my steps and wanted to carry on; continuing the walk is what you can do with backpacking.

I had intended only two hours’ sleep before I set off to walk through the night to the railway station at Banavie, at the Fort William end of the Caledonian Canal. But it was four hours later when I struggled out of the sleeping bag and began to pack up by touch. Scrambling back onto the road I started off and walked slowly, following the white lines painted on the road. 

After half a mile I came to a sudden stop. A couple of hundred yards in front there was a small green light waving about. A cyclist? It didn’t seem to get any closer and I just couldn’t work out what it might be. Aliens? Then it disappeared. Waiting a minute . . .

I was up too early for any food shops to be open as I went through Cullen and to the pet cemetery at the foot of cliffs outside the town. There are hundreds of memorials to pets, not just cats and dogs but other animals as well. Some are properly carved stones, others cheap ornaments but all carefully laid out and with epitaphs along the lines of “Gone for a walkie”. A vandal’s paradise but not a thing was damaged or out of place.

Shown alongside is a painting from the front cover of the book, which was done by a man living in a remote village in Morvern who advised Alan on a tricky part of the route. 

The Orienteering Foundation is very grateful to Alan for allowing all proceeds to go towards supporting the Orienteering Foundation.

19th Oct 16